Whether you’re a newlywed, recent grad moving into your first apartment or perhaps one of the 32% of millennials that Pew Research Center recently reported as living at home with mom and dad—surely the idea of furnishing a kitchen has crossed your mind. I’d love to help you get started.
Here’s the deal: There are a few basic essential tools you absolutely need, without which you are not likely to use that kitchen for more than a place to pile takeout containers. We’re not talking about mountain of stuff—just ten basic essentials to get started.
1. FIRE EXTINGUISHER. My personal experience makes this an absolute requirement and number one on the list. It was one of those lazy Saturdays. I decided to make grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. I set the greased skillet over high heat and ran out to the garage to say something to my husband. A neighbor wandered over and we started talking. It was the smoke alarm that caught my attention and sent me flying. In those few moments that pan flamed out and caught the upper cabinet. My kitchen was on fire! The Kidde Fire Extinguisher (about $40) sitting on the counter saved the day. I am still surprised that I knew, almost intuitively, how to use the thing. Grateful.
2. KNIVES. You need good knives that can be sharpened and which you will keep sharp. And if you can find a set that comes with a wooden block and shears, plus at least a chef knife, carving and paring knives and perhaps even a bread knife like this 13-piece set (about $26) that’s exactly what you need.
3. POTS AND PANS. You can go broke on pots and pans or you can go smart with a high-quality basic set like this Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Steel Set (about $55). You want to make sure you have at least a skillet, a couple sauce pans and a larger pot for soups and stock. Each piece in this set comes with a glass lid. About $55.